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CBC Mandarina Best Bitter - Victory Brewing Company

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CBC Mandarina Best Bitter
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oakenator on 04-06-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

08/04/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum. Not sure what going on here. I'm a bitter fan but this one seems to have both feet out of the box. There's fruitiness in there but I can't figure which one. Citrusy...maybe grapefruit...but shy. IMO when playing in that sandbox you've got to step up, otherwise....Lots of flavor but just not my favo' flav...gnome' sayin'.

seedyone, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of zeeke
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was expecting an actual English Bitter. This beer is more akin to another west coast pale ale. Way, way too bitter, no malt character, all hops in the face, on the palate, and all over the finish. I will be so happy when American breweries learn how to make English style beers. This ain't it. If you want a low abv American style pale ale, you'll like this not-an-English bitter.

zeeke, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

GeoffreyM, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Casey3236, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

travishardy929, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

WynnO, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber-y blood orange color. Lip of head keeps coverage, although short in height. Okay.

Pine and orange from the hops. Slightly tea-like with toasty aromas from the malts. Even a slight coffee bean aroma. Strange, but good.

English malts deliver toasted grain and a bitter coffee flavor, all the while, that Mandarina hop is pushing orange rind, pine, and herbal notes right at the forefront. Tea notes didn't translate, but there is a woody green leafiness from the hops. Great finishing bitterness. Almost earthy near the end.

Medium carbonation. Body is lighter and crisp. Picks up some added burp in the end.

Decent bitter. Really just excited about more Mandarina hop. This works, though.

thecheapies, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ryanpj, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

AngusOg, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

cclark67789, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ShanePB, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

dsshuck, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jzauder, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

bigfnjoe, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

BARFLYB, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victory Brewing:

The beer appeared a nice copper color, which was clear with thick, dense white head that was well retained and settled into a thin cap and left some excellent lacing.

The beer gave off a light malty, sweet aroma. Seems to be a fruit aroma as well, but I can't place it.

The beer had a more bitter taste than expected, fruit hops that also had a nice bready/biscuit quality to it too. The beer had a dry aftertaste and it was extremely smooth and creamy and exceptionally easy to drink. Exceptional session ale, perhaps only rivaled by Uncle Teddy's.

PhillyStyle, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Jason1337, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

oglmcdgl, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

troegaarden, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

troysoy2, May 28, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity hops and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite fruity with hints of citrus and bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sessionable as it's packed with flavors but very easy to drink.

metter98, May 25, 2013
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CBC Mandarina Best Bitter from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.